Laguna, Albuquerque, Pueblo discussed on Native America Calling

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And all those people that influenced us. That gave us a passion to just respond to our mother Pueblo when the need arose to serve on committees, boards, those kind of things sort of help out. You always used to work to help. And that's used in many contexts that can be used both for political business, traditional reasons, when we use the work that you're helpers. Are you going to help? It's all those kind of things and that's the foundation for our kind of Pueblo and Native American philanthropy that exists among many tribes. You know, so you either have that passion or not. And sometimes it's born out of your contact, even though it might not be as direct as living on our tribal lands and growing up on our travel ends, but through your family members that have served in council positions. You develop that passion, so then it's easier than to respond to the honor of serving on committees or boards, whatever the Pueblo needs. And so I think that becomes second nature to probably Native Americans across the country. It's just second nature to say, yes, sure. Without hesitating. So one of the things I just came back from recently was the annual meeting of the Pro Bowl of laguna and that takes place on January 1st. And that's when it takes dedication. Because you're challenged by wanting to watch the rose bowl parade, watch the rose bowl, watch all the bowl games. But typically they are like an 8 to 5 thing come rain snow or sunshine. And you either show up like in my case as the chair to represent all of our 1300s or so laguna people that live here in Albuquerque and listen on their behalf and then take a report back to them and say, here's what our accounts are members said. Here's what our new governor said, here's what the official said and primarily those are well wishes coming back to us too. Just reminding us that we are loved and cared for and then also reminders that we should love and care for one another even though we're living in an urban context away from our tribal ants. So I think that's where that all comes from. Okay. Yeah. Great insights, Ron. I'd like to bring Jody back into the conversation. Joe do you have a young daughter? And I'm curious, what do you tell your daughter about the laguna colony of Albuquerque? Hi. She now my daughter is 11. And I would love for her. She's been able to go to go home quite a bit over to laguna, but she hasn't been to many of the colony meetings. Probably for like the past 5 years or so. And so we definitely need to get back into this thing of things and I'm excited for her to really participate more. And to get to know the wonderful people that are there. I think it's really interesting the laguna colony of Albuquerque was founded in 1956, so more than 65 years, and it has served as this principle line of communication between the Pueblo government and colony members. All while adhering to the laguna Pueblo constitution, ordinances, customs, traditions, and contemporary times, the colony promotes education, cultural, and charitable services, it's had this enormous impact on so many people, laguna people, but let's look ahead, Jodie, what do you think the next 65 years have in store for the laguna colony of Albuquerque? That is such a great question. I'm looking forward to participants to learning more about the history and I think that's where many people laguna tribal members and then others who don't who don't really know much about the history and thank you so much for speaking previously Ron talking about the history that so many people really need to know and the other participants that have spoken to as well. Talking about the historical pieces of where things started and where they came from. And definitely working with that history and then looking at how that impacts the future. I'm looking at, I'm excited to see how the next 65 years will unfold for everybody who's involved with the laguna colony. I don't really know. I don't know how that will look. But I hope it will look as rich as it does today. Yeah, for sure. Cynthia, how about you? Where do you see the colony in the next 65 years? Well, one of the connections that has been most important to me through the colony is the laguna people that I have gotten to know and their generosity and their sharing with me. So that's not going to go away the need for that for our young people and for especially when you are a Native American and you're living away from your reservation. So through the colony, I've had a relationship with male role models that they have been my educators and my teachers Dan as the Al Aragon, UG pisano who actually started the Albuquerque colony and even rock Solomon and so not just men, but also women, and I've learned so much from my association with these people that I wouldn't have had if I just didn't reach out and get involved. So if you don't reach out and get involved, you can feel isolated and separated and the colony provides a wonderful connection to the laguna people to our tribe. Cynthia, those are names, you just mentioned that she'll bring back a lot of good memories. Thelma earlier Ron mentioned about 1300 members laguna tribal members living in Albuquerque, and it sounds like a typical colony meeting might have maybe 40 people in attendance. So I'm curious, I know we've got a lot of listeners and Albuquerque. I know we've got probably a lot of laguna tribal members living in Albuquerque that are maybe hearing about the colony for the first time or have never been to a colony event. How can some of these laguna tribal members in Albuquerque get involved with the colony if they're not already now.

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